Staging Beckett: The Impact of Productions of Samuel Beckett's Drama on Theatre Practice and Cultures in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Search the test version of our database of productions of Samuel Beckett's plays in the UK and Ireland. The research for this database is ongoing.

https://www.reading.ac.uk/staging-beckett/

Research output

This research project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and runs from 2012-2015. The University of Reading, alongside project partners, the University of Chester and the Victoria and Albert Museum, will be creating a database and research materials relating to all professional productions of Beckett's theatre throughout the UK and Ireland.

It will draw on original archival material in the University of Reading's world-leading Beckett Collection, the Victoria and Albert Museum's Theatre and Performance archives in London, and other archive collections across Britain and Ireland. The project will examine the role Samuel Beckett played in shaping modern theatre practice in the UK and Ireland and will enable a unique picture of British and Irish theatres to emerge through their approaches to staging Beckett.

The project will be a pilot for a national performance database which will hold information about UK past and future performances. Once the Staging Beckett project is completed in 2015, the V&A plans to make the Beckett database available online as a resource for researchers, linked to a project website at the University of Reading.

The Staging Beckett project is led by Professor Anna McMullan (University of Reading), Dr Graham Saunders (University of Reading) and Professor David Pattie (University of Chester), in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Our team includes two postdoctoral researchers, Dr Patricia McTighe (Reading) and Dr David Tucker (Chester), and a PhD student, Matthew McFrederick.

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Aims of the Project

  1. To research and analyse professional metropolitan, regional and touring productions of Beckett's work in the UK and Republic of Ireland since 1955.
  2. To develop an understanding of whether a distinct British and Irish aesthetic of performing, designing and directing Beckett's theatre has evolved since the first London and Dublin productions of Waiting for Godot in 1955.
  3. To investigate the impact of productions of Beckett's drama on British and Irish theatre practice in directing, acting and design, and on theatre cultures more generally (such as programming and reviewing).
  4. To consult, analyse and bring to the attention of researchers, practitioners and the public material relating to productions of Beckett from a number of new and under exploited British and Irish archives.
  5. To create and compile a performance database (in collaboration with the V&A) of British and Irish productions of Beckett's drama since 1955 as a resource for students, academics, theatre practitioners and the wider public. The Beckett database will also be part of a larger scheme for a performing arts database.
  6. To conduct a series of interviews with British and Irish theatre practitioners involved in professional productions of Beckett's work since 1955.
  7. To disseminate research findings to academic and theatre communities and the public through the database, website and through two conferences held in years two and three, and a three day international conference held in year three. These will be complemented by annual public lectures hosted at each of the project institutions by a prominent theatre practitioner with significant involvement in Beckett's work.

 

Research outputs

Publications

  • McMullan Anna, Patricia McTighe, 'Samuel Beckett, the Gate Theatre Dublin, and the Contemporary Irish Independent Theater Sector: Fragments of Performance History', Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, Issue 2 (2014).
  • http://breac.nd.edu/articles/48971-samuel-beckett-the-gate-theatre-dublin-and-the-contemporary-irish-independent-theater-sector-fragments-of-performance-history/
  • McMullan Anna, Patricia McTighe, David Pattie and David Tucker, 'Staging Beckett: Constructing Histories of Performance' Journal of Beckett Studies 23.1 (2014), special issue on Performance, 11-33.
  • Tucker, David, '"Oh Lovely Art": Beckett and Music', in The Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts, ed S.E. Gontarski, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014, pp. 373-385.
  • McMullan, Anna, 'Designing Beckett: Jocelyn Herbert's Contribution to Samuel Beckett's Theatrical Aesthetics', in The Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts, ed S.E. Gontarski, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014, pp. 409-422.
  • Tucker, David, A Dream and its Legacies: The Samuel Beckett Theatre Project, Oxford c.1967-76, Oxford: Colin Smythe, Ltd, 2013. [Book]
  • McTighe, Patricia,'"Getting known": Beckett, Ireland and the Creative Industries', in That Was Us: Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance, ed Fintan Walsh, London: Oberon Books, 2013, pp. 157-172. [Book chapter]

Conference Papers, Invited talks and Outreach Workshops

  • Anna McMullan, 'Staging Beckett in Ireland: Scenographic Remains', invited lecture, Performing Space Symposium, Dublin Theatre Festival and Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Long Room Digital Hub (TCD), October 9th, 2014.
  • Matthew McFrederick, 'Beckett in Hammersmith: Rehearsals at the Riverside', Staging Beckett at the Margins Conference, Chester University, 11 September, 2014.
  • David Pattie, 'The Stuff of Performance: Beckett, Marginalia and Theatre Programming', Staging Beckett at the Margins Conference, Chester University, 11 September, 2014.
  • Matthew McFrederick, 'Beckett and the Royal Court: the George Devine Years', New Voices Conference 2014, National University of Ireland, Galway, 5-7 June 2014.
  • David Tucker, 'Beckett's Legacies for Harold Pinter', Guest lecture, St John's College, Oxford University, Debts and Legacies Seminar series, 6 May, 2014.
  • Matthew McFrederick, 'Staging Beckett at the Royal Court Theatre', Staging Beckett: Constructing Performance Histories Conference, University of Reading, 4 April 2014.
  • Kate Dorney, 'Beckett in Performance: a View from the V&A Theatre and Performance Archive', Constructing Performance Histories Conference, University of Reading, 5 April 2014.
  • Anna McMullan, 'Beckett and Scenography: Collaboration and (Irish) Formation', Staging Beckett: Constructing Performance Histories Conference, University of Reading, 5 April 2014.
  • Trish McTighe, 'The Tree at the Gate: Beckett and Le Brocquy', Staging Beckett: Constructing Performance Histories Conference, University of Reading, 5 April 2014.
  • Guy Baxter, with Siobhan Wootton, demonstration of the Staging Beckett Database, Staging Beckett: Constructing Performance Histories Conference, University of Reading, 5 April 2014.
  • David Tucker, 'That first last look in the shadows': Using Performance Histories of Beckett and Pinter', Staging Beckett: Constructing Performance Histories Conference, University of Reading, 4 April 2014.
  • Anna McMullan, 'The Staging Beckett Project', presentation at an international meeting of academics and archivists involved in performing arts databases and digital archiving, University of Oslo, 19-20 March 2014.
  • Guy Baxter (UoR University Archivist) and Ramona Riedzewski (V&A) demonstrated and discussed the Performing Arts Database (PADB) for which Staging Beckett is a pilot. University of Oslo, 19-20 March 2014.
  • McTighe, Patricia, 'Landscapes and Literary Tourism: The Pike's Godot and the Commodification of Place in Ireland', conference paper given at the Annual Conference of the Irish Society for Theatre Research, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1-2 November 2013.
  • McTighe, Patricia, Workshop on Waiting for Godot, Lagan College. Belfast (sixth form students), looking at the play-text and performance histories using material gathered through project related research. 16th October 2013.
  • McTighe, Patricia, '"You and your landscapes!": A Sense of Place in Productions of Beckett's Work on the Irish Stage', conference paper given at the 'Beckett and the State of Ireland' conference, University College Dublin, August 2-3, 2013.
  • McMullan, Anna, McTighe, Patricia, Pattie, David and Tucker, David, 'Staging Beckett: Samuel Beckett's Impact on Theatre Practice in the UK and Ireland from 1955 to the twenty-first century', Collaboratively authored paper given at the International Federation for Theatre Research / Fédération Internationale pour la Recherche Théâtrale (IFTR/FIRT), Barcelona, 22-26 July 2013.
  • McFrederick, Matthew, Double-Acts in Waiting for Godot: Clowning, Music Hall and Movie Stars on the London Stage, conference paper given to the New Scholars Forum, IFTR/FIRT, Barcelona, July 22-26, 2013.
  • Tucker, David, 'Staging Beckett: After the Fact', contribution to a panel discussion on Beckett: After the Fact, London Beckett Seminar, Birkbeck College, University of London, 27 June 2013.
  • Pattie, David, 'The Arrival of Godot: Beckett, British Theatre and the 1950s', invited lecture given as part of the St John's College Oxford Debts and Legacies seminar series, May 7th, 2013.
  • McTighe, Patricia, 'In Connemara: Domesticating the work of Samuel Beckett on the Irish Stage', Conference paper given at the Beckett at Reading 2013 conference organised by the Beckett International Foundation, 4-7 April 2013
  • Tucker, David, 'The Samuel Beckett Theatre, Oxford, c.1967-71', Paper given at the Beckett at Reading 2013 conference, organised by the Beckett International Foundation, 4-7 April 2013.

Public Talks

  • Kelly, Tricia, 'A Practitioner's Perspective on Performing Beckett's Not I', public talk chaired by Graham Saunders, Staging Beckett at the Margins Conference, Chester University, 11 September, 2014.
  • Asmus, Walter, 'It's all Poetic Walter', public talk chaired by Nicholas Johnston, Trinity College Dublin, August 14th, 2014, in collaboration with the Samuel Beckett Summer School, Trinity College Dublin.
  • Rickson, Ian, In Conversation with Mark Taylor-Batty, public talk hosted by the AHRC Staging Beckett project in association with the Beckett International Foundation, Minghella Building, University of Reading, October 3rd, 2013.

Public Exhibitions

  • Tucker, David and Matthew Johnson, 'Seeing Beckett', exhibition curated by , Liverpool John Moores University, as part of 'Staging Beckett at the Margins', Chester University, 11-12 September 2014. The exhibition will be remounted at Liverpool John Moores as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival 27 October - 2 November.
  • McMullan, Anna, with Siobhan Wootton, Matthew McFrederick, David Tucker and Patricia McTighe, 'Staging Krapp's Last Tape', public exhibition of selected archival materials relating to diverse productions of Krapp's Last Tape in the UK and Ireland, from the University of Reading's Beckett Collection, and other archives such as the Jocelyn Herbert Archive, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London. Minghella Building, University of Reading. Accompanied the Ian Rickson Conversation, October 3rd, 2013.

Keynote Lectures:

  • Professor Stan Gontarski (Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English, Florida State University), 'Samuel Beckett in Performance: The Questions We Ask'.
  • Dr Derval Tubridy (Goldsmiths College, University of London), 'Practice, Performance and the Figural Body'.
  • Professor Phillip Zarilli (Exeter University, Director, The Llanarth Group: http://www.phillipzarrilli.com/llanarth/index.html), 'Embodied consciousness in the actor's practice: reflections from "inside" Beckett's texts in performance'.

Public Talk

Ronald Pickup, distinguished stage, film and television actor. He worked with Beckett and Billie Whitelaw during rehearsals for the BBC premiere of Beckett's television plays, Ghost Trio and … but the clouds… (directed by Donald McWhinnie, with Beckett's assistance, broadcast BBC2 April 1977). He has given readings of Beckett's work and recently played Lucky in Waiting for Godot (2009, with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow, directed by Sean Matthias).

Conferences Organised

'Staging Beckett and Contemporary Theatre and Performance Cultures', Minghella building, University of reading, 9-11 April, 2015.

Conference Programme:

 

Thursday 9th April

10.00 -11.00 Registration & coffee

11.00 - 11.30 Welcome and opening address

11.30 - 13.30 Panel 1: Performance and the Archive

David Houston Jones (University of Exeter), Performing the Archive in Samuel Beckett

Sinead Mooney (De Montfort University), 'Centre and Circumference': Traces of Provincial Godots in the Theatrical Archive, 1955-1970

Kene Igweonu (Canterbury Christ Church University), Talawa's Waiting for Godot

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch (served each day in the foyer of the Minghella Building)

14.30 - 16.30 Panel 2: The Performing Body

Hannah Simpson (Boston University), "Is there anything you ever write for an actor that isn't physically painful?": The Actor's Physical Suffering in the Beckettian Production.

Andrew Head (University of Hull), Beckett's Implied Actor: Debts, Legacies and a Contemporary Performance Culture.

Niamh Bowe (University of Reading), Ethics in Contemporary Performance: Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby at the Royal Court Theatre, 2014.

Andrew Lennon (University of Birmingham), Beckett and Darkness: The drive to and the flight from …

16.30-17.00 Coffee

17.00 - 18.00 Keynote 1: Phillip Zarrilli, Embodied consciousness in the actor's practice: reflections from "inside" Beckett's texts in performance

18.00 - 19.30 Wine reception and launch of the exhibition 'Waiting for Godot: 60 years on' and the Staging Beckett database

Friday 10th April

8.30 - 9.00 Registration & coffee

9.00 - 11.00 Panel 3: Sonic Legacies & Radiophonic Echoes

Pim Verhulst (University of Antwerp), Beckett's 'Adaphatroce': Rethinking Theatre through Radio.

Paul Stewart (University of Nicosia), Adapting Lessness: Lessons from Radio and Stage

Lisa Fitzgerald (NUI Galway), Radio Waves: Pan Pan, the BBC and Performing the Radiophonic Body

Catherine Laws (University of York), The Legacy of Beckett in Music Theatre

11.00 - 11.15 Coffee

11.15-12.45 Panel 4: Word and Gesture

Jack Belloli (University of Cambridge), Beckett, Forced Entertainment and the Grace of Audience Gesture

Burç İdem Dinçel (Trinity College Dublin), '"The motion alone is not enough": Hearing Beckett's Footfalls in Suzuki's Grammar of the Feet'

David Tucker (University of Chester), 'Smile off': Textuality in Beckett's Stage Directions

12.45-1.30 Lunch

Exhibition open 12 - 2pm

1.30 - 14.30 Keynote 2: Derval Tubridy, Practice, Performance and the Figural Body

14.30 - 14.45 Coffee

14.45 - 16.45 Panel 5: Irish Theatre and Performance Cultures

David Clare (NUI, Galway), The Gate Theatre's Beckett Festivals: Tensions between the Local and the Global

Siobhan O'Gorman (Trinity College, Dublin), Beckett out of Focus: Happy Days and Waiting for Godot at Dublin's Focus Theatre

Rodney Sharkey (Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar), "The Dark Back Streets:" Beckett in the City

16.45 - 17.00 Coffee

17.00. - 18.00 Keynote 3: S. E. Gontarski, Samuel Beckett in Performance: The Questions We Ask

18.00 - 19.00 Wine reception and launch of Jim Knowlson's Festschrift

20.00 Conference dinner at Loch Fyne, The Maltings Bear Wharf, Fobney St, Reading

Saturday 11th April

9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-11.00 Panel 6: Staging Beckett in International Theatre Cultures

Anita Rákóczy (Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences & Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary), Earth That Shakes. Earth That Covers. Godot and Happy Days, 2014: Two Beckett Premières in Katona József Theatre, Budapest

Luzmaria Sanchez (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana / Lerma (Mexico), Beckett in Mexico

Stefano Rosignoli (University of London), Oh les beaux jours: Venice Premiere and Reception in Italy

11.00-11.15 Coffee

11.15- 1.15: Panel 7: Adaptation, Performance & Intermediality

Nicolas Johnson (Trinity College, Dublin), "The Neatness of Identifications": Transgressing Beckett's Genres in Ireland and Northern Ireland, 2000-2015

James Little (Trinity College, Dublin), The Politics of Performance at 14 Henrietta Street: Beckett and Anú Productions

Roman Fohr (University of Amiens), Life Flashing in a Work of Art

1.15 - 2.00 Lunch

Exhibition open 12 - 2pm

2.00 - 3.00 Keynote 4: Ronald Pickup in conversation

3.00 - 3.30 Coffee

3.30 - 17.30 Samuel Beckett Laboratory Workshop: Samuel Beckett and Experimental Cultures: a performance workshop on The Unnamable & Not I

Co-facilitators: Jonathan Heron & Nicholas Johnson

Places for the workshop limited to 20

3.30-17.30 Discussion of work in progress by Gare St Lazare Players Ireland, with Conor Lovett.

17.30 Closing remarks and end of conference.

'Staging Beckett at the Margins', University of Chester, Kingsway, 11-12 September, 2014.

Our second conference focused on perceived notions of Beckett at the margins, on productions staged outside London and other major theatrical centres. Papers responded to questions such as: What has the impact of Beckett's drama been upon regional, small national, touring and marginal theatrical practices and cultures? What is at stake when staging Beckett in marginal cultures or lesser-known geographical areas? How does Beckett's work move from a country's capital city to its regions? Does Beckett's work speak to national, or local, cultural contexts? How does it fit within established theatrical, cultural and economic infrastructures? We were delighted to welcome delegates from Cypres, Qatar, Israel, and Poland, as well as the UK and Ireland, with Skype contributions from the USA and Romania.

Keynote Lecture: Carl Lavery (University of Glasgow), 'Gardening with Beckett: Cultivating the Marginal', September 11th.

Practitioner's Talk: Tricia Kelly, A Practitioner's Perspective on Performing Beckett's Not I, followed by Q&A.

Schedule

THURSDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2014

10.30 - 11.15 Tea / Coffee and Registration

11.15 - 11.30 Welcome and Introduction: David Pattie (University of Chester)

11.30 - 13.00 Panel 1: The United Kingdom

  • Mark Taylor-Batty (University of Leeds) - Beckett at the West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • David Pattie (University of Chester) - The Stuff of Performance: Beckett, Marginalia, and Theatre Programming
  • Joseph Anderton (University of Nottingham) - Something Novel in the Nothing New: Talawa's Waiting for Godot and Amateur Theatre in the Midlands

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.30 Keynote Lecture

Carl Lavery (University of Glasgow) - Gardening with Beckett: Cultivating the Marginal

15.30 - 16.00 Tea / coffee

16.00 - 17.00 Panel 2: The Major-Marginal

  • Brighde Mullins (University of Southern California) - Samuel Beckett in Hollywood (via Skype)
  • Matthew McFrederick (University of Reading) - Staging Beckett in Hammersmith

17.00-19.00 'Seeing Beckett' Exhibition Launch, Journal Launch, Wine Reception (Gallery, Kingsway)

19.30 Dinner (Main Campus)

FRIDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 2014

10.00 - 10.30 Tea / Coffee and Day Registration

10.30 - 11:30 Panel 3: The Middle East & Cyprus

  • Rodney Sharkey (Weill-Cornell Medical College Qatar) - Historical Baggage and the Politics of Beckett's Theatrical Spaces
  • Shimon Levy (University of Tel Aviv) - Make Sense Who May: Beckett in Israel in the 2000s
  • Christakis Christofi (Open University of Cypres) - Beckett at the Boundaries in Nicosia

11.30 - 12.30 Public Talk (Chair: Tricia Kelly - A Practitioner's Perspective on Performing Beckett's Not I, followed by Q&A.

12.30 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Panel 4: Restaging & Response

  • Traian Penciuc (University of Arts Târgu-Mureş, Romania), (via Skype) - Why doesn't Winnie grab the shovel? Staging Becket's Happy Days in early post communist Romania.
  • Ewa Brzeska (University of Warsaw) - When Beckett does not direct Beckett: About the Author's objections to Several Productions.

15.30 - 16.00 Tea / Coffee

16:00 - 16.30 Closing Remarks

Inaugural Conference: 'Staging Beckett: Constructing Performance Histories', April 2014, April 4th-5th 2014, Minghella Building, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus.

Staging Beckett's Inaugural Conference, 'Constructing Performance Histories' focused on the history, documentation and analysis of Beckett's theatre in performance in the UK, Ireland and internationally.The conference featured papers on productions of Beckett from across the globe, including Belgium, Brazil, Hungary, India, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, the United States and the UK. Topics will cover Beckett and stage design, Beckett's theatrical intersections with Pinter and with Shakespeare, staging Beckett in situations of censorship, or crisis and resistance from besieged Sarajevo to the Occupy movement in Zuccotti Park New York, staging Beckett beyond the theatrical frame, and performance histories and perspectives.

Keynote Lecture: 'Beckett and the Non-Place in Irish Performance', Professor Brian Singleton, Trinity College Dublin, Friday 4th April, 2.30pm

Practitioners' Panel: 'Staging Beckett Now': Saturday 5th April, 3pm.

  • Natalie Abrahami (director of Happy Days, starring Juliet Stevenson at the Young Vic, London, Feb-March 2014)
  • Lisa Dwan (recent performances of Not I / Footfalls / Rockaby at the Royal Court and Duchess Theatre, London, on tour during 2014)
  • Sarah Jane Scaife (director of site specific performances of Act Without Words II and Rough for Theatre 1 in Dublin (2013), Limerick, London and New York).

Schedule

FRIDAY 4th APRIL 2014

9.00 - 10.15 Tea / Coffee and Registration

10.15 - 10.30 Welcome and Introduction

Professor James Knowlson and Professor Anna McMullan

10.30 - 12.00 Panel 1: Historical Intersections

  • Paulo Henrique Da Silva Gregorio (University of Birmingham) 'Beckett and the Shakespeare Revolution in the 1960s'
  • Matthew McFrederick (University of Reading) 'Beckett and the Royal Court: The George Devine Years'
  • David Tucker (University of Chester) 'That first last look in the shadows': Using Performance Histories of Beckett and Pinter'.

12.00 - 12.15 Tea / Coffee

12.15 - 1.45 Panel 2: Staging Beckett Globally 1

  • Priyanka Chatterjee (Budge Budge Institute of Technology, Kolkata) 'Staging Beckett in Bengal: Revisiting History and Art'
  • Burç İdem Dinçel (Boğaziçi University, Turkey) '"They…To Play": A Turkish Take On Beckett'
  • Brendan McCall and E. K. McFall 'Staging Krapp's Last Tape in Turkey, Western Australia and Norway'

1.45 - 2.30 Lunch (Served in the Minghella Foyer)

2.30 - 3.30 Keynote Lecture

Professor Brian Singleton (Trinity College, Dublin) 'Beckett and the Non-Place in Irish Performance'

3.30 - 4.00 Tea / coffee

4.00 - 5.30 Panel 3: Beyond the Theatrical Frame

  • Luz Maria Sanchez-Cardona (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana / Campus Lerma) 'Beckett, the electronic medium of radio, and Krapp's Last Tape'
  • Brenda O'Connell (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) 'Culture Shock: (Re)Staging Beckett in caves and car parks'
  • Lisa Fitzgerald (National University of Ireland, Galway) 'Coming out of the Dark: Pan Pan's Radical Staging of Beckett's Radio'

5.30 - 7.00 Book Launch and Wine Reception (Served in the Minghella)

Trish McTighe, The Haptic Aesthetic in Samuel Beckett's Drama, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

David Tucker, A Dream and its Legacies: The Samuel Beckett Theatre Project, Oxford c. 1967- 76, Oxford: Colin Smythe, 2013.

8.00 Dinner: Pepe Sale, 3, Queen's Walk, Reading Town Centre

SATURDAY 5th APRIL 2014

8.30 - 9.00 Tea / Coffee and Day Registration

9.00 - 10.30 Panel 4: Staging Beckett Globally 2

  • Robson Corrêa de Camargo (Universidade Federal de Goiás) 'Playing Beckett in Brazil'
  • Anita Rákóczy (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) 'Godots That Arrived: Waiting for Godot In Budapest Before and After 1989'.
  • Ewa Brzeska (University of Warsaw) 'Violating Beckett's Prescriptions For Theatre in Poland'

10.30 - 10.45 Tea / Coffee

10.45 - 12.15 Panel 5 Staging Beckett and Survival / Resistance

  • Thomas Saunders (Queen's University of Belfast) 'Ownership and orphaned Irish identity in Susan Sontag's staging of Waiting for Godot'
  • Arthur Rose (University of Leeds) 'Developing Beckett in New Orleans'
  • Lance Duerfahrd (Purdue University) 'An Unprotesting Play within a Protest: Waiting for Godot in Zuccotti Park'.

12.15 - 12.30 Tea / Coffee

12.30 - 2.00 Panel 6: Designing Beckett

  • Sophie Jump (Theatre Designer, UK, University of the Arts, London) 'Physicalising the Text: Jocelyn Herbert and Samuel Beckett'
  • Anna McMullan (University of Reading) 'Beckett and Scenography: Collaboration and (Irish) Formation'
  • Trish McTighe (University of Reading) 'The Tree at the Gate: Beckett and le Brocquy'.

2.00 - 3.00 Lunch (Served in the Minghella Foyer)

3.00 - 4.15 Keynote Panel: Staging Beckett Now

  • Natalie Abrahami (Associate Director of the Young Vic, director of Happy Days, starring Juliet Stevenson at the Young Vic, London, Feb-March 2014)
  • Lisa Dwan (recent performances of Not I / Footfalls / Rockaby at the Royal Court and Duchess Theatre, London, on tour during 2014)
  • Sarah Jane Scaife (director of site specific performances of Act Without Words II and Rough for Theatre 1 in Dublin (2013), Limerick, London and New York).

4.15 - 4.30 Tea / Coffee

4.30 - 6.00 Panel 7: Performance Histories and Perspectives

  • Guy Baxter (University Archivist, University of Reading) and Siobhan Wootton (Staging Beckett Database Co-ordinator), (University of Reading) 'Staging Beckett: a Database and a World of Opportunities'
  • Kate Dorney (Victoria and Albert Museum) 'Beckett in Performance: a View from the V&A Theatre and Performance Archive'
  • Nicholas Johnson (Trinity College, Dublin) and Jonathan Heron (University of Warwick) Journal of Beckett Studies, 'The Performance Issue'.

6.00 - 7.00 Launch of Journal Of Beckett Studies special issue on Performance and Closing of Conference.

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